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Rashmi Sadana
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Gender, Urban Space, and Everyday Life in the Age of the Delhi Subway System, 2002-2018

Writing a chapter of a monograph detailing ethnographic fieldwork on how the new Delhi metro system reflects and constructs gendered behavior.

The arrival of the Delhi Metro – an ultra-modern, high-tech, and highly surveilled urban rail system, and South Asia’s first major, multi-line metro – has become a touchstone for discussions of urban development, gendered social mobility, and India’s increasingly aspirational culture. A street-level ethnographic view of the city, this book project captures the contradictions of a capital-intensive mega project that seeks to equalize how people of all social classes and backgrounds get around. Focusing on the stories of everyday riders as well as those who designed and built the system, the book documents the story of the Delhi Metro and its social impact since its arrival in 2002. In so doing, this project offers a fresh and contemporary understanding of Delhi that redefines the urban landscape and goes beyond clichés of "third world cities" in the global south.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Urban Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/24/2019 – 8/24/2019